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Tijuca (Portuguese pronunciation: [tʃiˈʒukɐ]) (meaning marsh or swamp in the Tupi language, from ty ("water") and îuká ("to kill")[1]) is a neighbourhood of the Northern Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It comprises the region of Saens Peña and Afonso Pena squares. According to the 2000 Census, the district has close to 150,000 inhabitants. It borders with Praça da Bandeira, Maracanã, Vila Isabel, Andaraí, Grajaú and Alto da Boa Vista neighbourhoods.

Tijuca is located in Rio de Janeiro
Location in Rio de Janeiro
Tijuca is located in Brazil
Tijuca (Brazil)
Coordinates: 22°55′52″S 43°14′34″W / 22.93111°S 43.24278°W / -22.93111; -43.24278Coordinates: 22°55′52″S 43°14′34″W / 22.93111°S 43.24278°W / -22.93111; -43.24278
Country  Brazil
State Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
Municipality/City Rio de Janeiro
Zone North Zone
A 19th century picture of Tijuca
Metro station at Saens Peña Square

It is one of the most traditional districts of Rio de Janeiro and has the third largest urban forest in the world, the Tijuca Forest, which is result of reforestation from coffee fields that led to lack of water at that time. Mainly a middle class district, it has been historically inhabited by Portuguese immigrant families and the families of military officers.

Tijuca hosts Salgueiro, Império da Tijuca and Unidos da Tijuca, three of the main Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools, that together have won 13 titles.

Tijuca is also home to many favelas such as Salgueiro, Borel, Formiga, Turano and Casa Branca.



Shopping MallsEdit

  • Shopping Tijuca
  • Shopping 45
  • Tijuca Off Shopping
  • Boulevard Rio Shopping

Public HospitalsEdit

  • Gafrée Guinle

Police DepartmentsEdit

  • 19a Delegacia de Polícia Civil (19th Civil Police Precinct)
  • 6o Batalhão de Polícia Militar (6th Military Police Battalion)


  • Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro - UERJ (Rio de Janeiro State University) - public university run by the Rio de Janeiro State
  • Universidade Veiga de Almeida - private
  • Universidade Estácio de Sá - private
  • Universidade Cândido Mendes - private

Federal Educational InstitutionsEdit

Federal SchoolsEdit

  • Colégio Militar
  • Colégio Pedro II

State Elementary SchoolsEdit

  • Instituto de Educação
  • CIEP Doutor Antoine Magarinos Torres Filho
  • CIEP Samuel Wainer

City SchoolsEdit

  • Escola Municipal Araújo Porto Alegre
  • Escola Municipal Laudimia Trotta
  • Escola Municipal Francisco Cabrita
  • Escola Municipal Bombeiro Geraldo Dias
  • Escola Municipal Prudente de Moraes
  • Escola Municipal Barão de Itacurussá
  • Escola Municipal General Euclydes de Figueiredo
  • Escola Municipal Soares Pereira
  • Escola Municipal Jornalista Brito Broca
  • Escola Municipal Orsina da Fonseca
  • Escola Municipal Mário da Veiga Cabral
  • Escola Municipal Leitão da Cunha
  • Escola Municipal Borel
  • Escola Municipal Chácara do Céu

City Pre-SchoolEdit

  • Creche Municipal Casa Branca - Professor Paulo Freire
  • Creche Municipal Raio de Sol
  • Creche Municipal Raízes do Salgueiro
  • Creche Municipal Tia Bela
  • Creche Municipal Tia Maria
  • Creche Municipal Doutor Ronaldo Luiz Gazolla

Famous TijucanosEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-08-09.